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Meal Plans

Our plans are all about Flexibility, Convenience, and Savings!

  • No limited number of meals-per-week or missed meals
  • Eat when and where you want at 25+ locations open 19 hours a day
  • Pricing is à la carte–pay only for the items you select
  • Rollover any unused I-BUCKS to next semester or the next school year
  • Reward yourself–the more you spend with us, the more you save!
Home > Meal Plans > How Meal Plans Work

How Meal Plans Work

We offer I-BUCKS 60 and I-BUCKS 25 plans to students and smaller Flex Bucks plans to students, faculty, and staff. All of our plans operate in a similar manner. The differences are in prices, cancellation terms, and the length of time the plan is active.

All of our meal plans use a point-based currency system called I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks, which are our version of meal points. I-BUCKS and Flex Bucks are used to purchase food and other items at our locations.

The number of I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks available on a meal plan is determined by the total price of the plan less operational costs.

Plan Price - Operational Costs = I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks

Three other important things about our meal plans:

  1. Operational costs are the non-food costs to operate dining services and include labor, supplies, maintenance, equipment and utilities, etc. Because we take the money for operational costs up front, you receive a 60 or 25 percent discount off listed retail prices. Here are some examples:

    Jane has an I-BUCKS 60 meal plan and buys a lunch at Wright Food Court that has a retail list price of $10. Jane receives a 60 percent discount off of $10, so she only pays 4 I-BUCKS.

    If Jane instead had an I-BUCKS 25 or Flex Bucks meal plan, the same $10 meal would have cost her 7.5 I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks.

  2. You reward yourself when you add money to an I-BUCKS meal plan. Here's how:

    Jane is running out of I-BUCKS 60 and adds $50 to her meal plan. She isn't charged operational costs on this $50, so she gets 50 I-BUCKS with a retail value of $125 because she still receives a 60 percent discount on her purchases.

  3. I-BUCKS do rollover from fall to spring semester, and from one academic year to the next. Refer to your housing and/or dining contract for specific rollover terms and conditions.
Home > Meal Plans > Compare Meal Plans

Compare Meal Plans

You have the flexibility to select any plan below. Although you are not required to choose a meal plan, we hope you find one that fits your lifestyle:

Plan
You Pay minus
Operational Expenses equals
Standard I-BUCKS plus
Extra I-BUCKS = a 60% Discount
I-BUCKS 60: MAX $4,450 $2,070 1,380 1,000
Benefits
  • Think student athlete size appetite with over $25 average daily value
  • Provides significant value even without adding more I-BUCKS. Gain $1,500 in purchasing power above purchase price.
  • I-BUCKS 60: PLUS $3,950 $2,070 1,380 500
    Benefits
  • Healthy appetites, eating 3 meals most days with about $20 average daily value
  • Provides significant value even without adding more I-BUCKS. Gain $750 in purchasing power above purchase price.
  • I-BUCKS 60: STANDARD $3,450 $2,070 1,380 0
    Benefits
  • Most popular plan with over $14 average daily value
  • Least expensive plan for incoming first year students
  • Flexibility: You can add more I-BUCKS at any time and gain $125 in purchasing power for each $50 added.
  • I-BUCKS 60: MINI $2,750 $1,650 1,100 0
    Benefits
  • Best value — I-BUCKS 60 plan with the lowest operational cost
  • Allows rollover of last year's I-BUCKS 60 balance while continuing the 60% discount
  • Average daily value about $12
  • Flexibility: You can add more I-BUCKS at any time and gain $125 in purchasing power for each $50 added.
  • Plan Purchase Price Operational Costs Flex Bucks or I-BUCKS Discount Off Retail Purchasing Power
    Flex Bucks $250 $50 200 25% $267
    Benefits
  • Low-price, debit-style plan
  • Bonus $17 value with each plan purchase
  • Appropriate for students who buy snacks or infrequent meals on campus and can repurchase a plan as needed
  • Valid for 18 months to enable students to use whenever they need to, such as over the summer
  • Return on investment of 6.67%
  • I-BUCKS 25 $500 $100 400 25% $533
    Benefits
  • Average weekly value of $12.50 appropriate for students who buy snacks or infrequent meals on campus
  • Flexibility: You can add more I-BUCKS during the semester without paying incremental operational costs
  • Return on investment of 6.67%
  • Home > Meal Plans > Buy or Change a Meal Plan

    Buy or Change a Meal Plan

    Students living with RPS who are required to purchase a meal plan will select it while completing the housing application.

    Other students buy an I-BUCKS or buy a Flex Bucks plan online at any time.

    Faculty and staff may purchase a Flex Bucks plan online at any time.

    I-BUCKS 60 and 25 meal plan selections may be changed by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

    Home > Meal Plans > Check Your Account Balance

    Check Your Account Balance

    You may check your balance and add more I-BUCKS at any time! A budgeting tool is available within the app to plan your spending so you never run out.

    Remember, the more you spend with us, the more you save!

    • I-BUCKS 60 additions start at $25 and up in $5 increments. Each dollar added represents a retail value $2.50.
    • I-BUCKS 25 additions start at $10 and up in $10 increments. Each dollar added represents a retail value of $1.20.

    You may check your balance or purchase another Flex Bucks plan online.

    Similarly, you may view all your balances (including I-BUCKS, Flex Bucks, and CampusAccess) anytime at My IU ID Accounts.


    Dining Services

    Administrative Offices
    Nelson Administration Building
    801 N. Jordan Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-2107
    Phone: 812-856-1515
    Fax: 812-855-3287
     
     
    RPS Dining Services rpsdine@indiana.edu
    Hire Me hireme@indiana.edu
    RPS Dietitian nutrinfo@indiana.edu

    Dining Services

    Administrative Offices
    Nelson Administration Building
    801 N. Jordan Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-2107
     
     
    Phone: 812-856-1515
    Fax: 812-855-3287
    RPS Dining Services rpsdine@indiana.edu
    Hire Me hireme@indiana.edu
    RPS Dietitian nutrinfo@indiana.edu

    Dining Services

    Administrative Offices
    Nelson Administration Building
    801 N. Jordan Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-2107
    Phone: 812-856-1515
    Fax: 812-855-3287
    RPS Dining Services rpsdine@indiana.edu
    Hire Me hireme@indiana.edu
    RPS Dietitian nutrinfo@indiana.edu